Santa Margarita River Trail

MODERATE 455 reviews

Santa Margarita River Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fallbrook, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

I-15 N to Fallbrook exit. Take Mission Rd. 5 mi. E; turn N onto Pico Ave. (becomes De Luz Rd.). Continue 2.4 mi.; go R @ fork onto Sandia Creek Dr. N. Parking area is in 1 mi. (just before bridge); trailhead is E of lot.

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Great for dogs with lots of water and shade to escape the heat! Very mellow and flat with options to hike uphill (which is off the marked trail) . Watch for rattlesnakes!

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Lovely easy trail especially after the rains have filled the creek. We went early in the morning and it was great as most people were coming in as we were leaving. We reached a point on the trail where it seemed to end but we were sure as the markers were a bit confusing. We also were sure if we were meant to cross the river or not. On our way back we took one of the side trails which took us up one of the nearby hills which gave us amazing views of the valley and surrounding hills. We went back when we realised we were walking along the backyards of houses.

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29 days ago

Wasn't much of a "hike" more of a walk but still greatly enjoyed it! My husband, dog, and I even stopped for a swim in the river which was so nice given it was a hot day! Definitely will be coming back and doing it again to swim

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